Owners of the historic Palatinate Garden Center are closing in on the property tax situation

In Palestine, the third-generation family business is now empty after a change in property tax assessment.

“We should have been here, I thought forever,” he told ABC 7.

The suburbs have been in ruins of greenhouses and flower gardens for more than 80 years. In 301, Johnson St. John’s Business opened in 1938 by brothers Ed and Leo Kinsch. The current generation of owners, including Ken Kinsch, can now only see the distrust around.

“so sad. This should always be in my family, your family and we love to do it. You know, I love people, my dad loved to do it with my family. And it was a family tradition. ” We were florists.

Until recently, those flowers were in bloom. Cook County’s 2019 property tax bill rose from $ 25,000 to $ 183,000, an increase of 640%. In 2020, they earned another $ 151,000.

After those big bills, the family decided to call and close it, hoping it would eventually reduce the tax if the land was considered vacant. Five acres[5 ha]of weeds are now left empty.

If declared empty, future tax bills may be reduced. But what is happening to those current accounts? The increase was due to the fact that the cooks in Cook County changed the entire land from “farm” to “business.” In the past, only their small retail store was called a “business.”

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